86yo man stuck, killed by car at Tweed Heads

POLICE have launched an investigation after an 86-year-old man was struck and killed while crossing the road in Tweed Heads.

It happened along Leisure Drive, Banora Point, about 12.55pm on Tuesday.

The man was treated at the scene before being taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.

He passed away in hospital a short time later.

The driver of the car, a 30-year-old woman, was not injured and was taken to Tweed Heads District Hospital for mandatory testing.

Investigations will continue while a report will also be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

William, Harry to split household

Prince William and Prince Harry are reportedly set to split their royal household.

The brothers and their wives, the Duchess of Sussex and Duchess of Cambridge, will formally separate their staff within weeks, the Sunday Times reports.

Harry and Meghan are due to move to Frogmore Cottage in the grounds of Windsor Castle this year and are expecting their first child in the (northern) spring.

The couple has been living at Kensington Palace in London, near William and Kate and their three children.

The paper quoted a source saying: “William and Harry’s double act has naturally been supplanted by the two couples and their families.”

Kensington Palace declined to comment.

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Meat Butcher

Devastated farmers urge Aussies to buy local meat

The banks have been in the news for the last couple of weeks, with tales of their woeful treatment of customers dominating headlines.

Despite promises from the banks’ that they’re “going to change”, we could be headed for more of the same in about six months time, after devastating monsoonal rains tore through far north Queensland.

Many farming families have been left with absolutely nothing – their farms completely obliterated. And banks will need to come to the party and suspend mortgages over the months and years ahead, so they have an opportunity to get back on their feet.

Grazier Rachael Anderson, who lost around 2000 cattle in the massive weather event, said the loss of so many animals would affect her station’s ability to survive.

“We (won’t be able to) get loans because we’ve got nothing to borrow against. None of us have got anything left,” she told reporters.

“I can provide for my family right now. But in six months time or when the bank comes for their repayment, I don’t know what I’m going to do.”

Her heartbreaking story isn’t an isolated one, as there are dozens upon dozens of farms that have lost everything in these floods. It’s estimated that more than 100,000 cattle have perished. These are unfathomable numbers.

Insurers have already received over 13,000 claims, with losses sitting at around $165 million, but there will still be plenty of farms that slip through the cracks. This is when we’ll need to apply the most pressure to our banks, to ensure they do the right thing by our farmers, and forgive (or at least suspend/re-work) debts when it counts.

Right now, our Queensland farmers need our support more than ever, and showing your support is as simple as “buying Australian products,” grazier Jacqueline Curley wrote in a heart-wrenching Facebook post, which has been shared more than 16,000 times and liked over 33,000 times.

“Our state and federal governments can do much to help by providing financial funding and disaster assistance packages to help our communities recover and rebuild. The banks can assist by suspending interest repayments on existing mortgages, amongst other things whilst our livestock herds rebuild.

“And you can help us by using your consumer power and insisting on buying local produce, then we can continue to provide your families with our top quality, home grown, nourishing Australian beef.”

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Man hospitalised after falling from two-storey balcony

A man has been hospitalised after falling from a balcony in Palm Beach last night.

Paramedics were called to a private residence shortly before 7.00pm, following reports someone had fallen two-storeys from a balcony.

The man, believed to be in his 50s was briefly assessed at the scene for upper body injuries.

It’s believed he suffered arm and facial injuries.

Paramedics took him to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.

Police were not called to the scene.

Flood Clean Up Mud

Disaster assistance extended for flood-affected Queenslanders

DISASTER assistance has been extended to cover Diamantina Shire Council and additional assistance has been made available to parts of the Winton Shire in the wake of record-breaking floods in central west Queensland.

Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-Queensland Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Senator the Hon. Linda Reynolds said the Commonwealth and Queensland governments were committed to providing support as the devastating disaster continues.

“This is a disaster of extraordinary proportions, with impacts across 30 local government areas in northern, central and western Queensland,” Assistant Minister Reynolds said.

“Through the DRFA, Diamantina Shire Council can now access funding to help cover the cost of clean-up and repairs associated with the floods.

“In addition, personal hardship assistance payments and essential services reconnection grants are now available to areas outside the township of Winton to assist those living remotely.

“Our message to all affected is that we will stand with you every step of the way to recover and rebuild.”

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said people in the bush were no strangers to hardship.

“This record flood, hot on the heels of crippling drought, has seen many in the west doing it tougher than ever before,” he said.

“Affected residents living in remote areas of Winton Shire can now access payments of up to $180 per person, or up to $900 for a family of five or more, to help cover items such as food, medication and clothing.

“This assistance will go some way to getting our disaster-weary remote communities through this deluge.

“Queensland Government agencies continue to monitor the ongoing situation and are working closely with the Commonwealth to provide assistance to additional communities as information comes to hand.”

A range of DRFA assistance is now available in 30 local government areas in northern and western Queensland: Barcoo, Boulia, Burdekin, Burke, Cairns, Carpentaria, Charters Towers, Cloncurry, Cook, Croydon, Diamantina, Douglas, Etheridge, Flinders, Hinchinbrook, Hope Vale, Lockhart River, Longreach, Mackay, Mareeba, McKinlay, Mornington, Mount Isa, Palm Island, Richmond, Townsville, Whitsunday, Winton, Wujal Wujal and Yarrabah.

Information on disaster assistance can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au and the Queensland Government’s Disaster Management website at www.disaster.qld.gov.au.